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August 11, 2022

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August 4, 2022

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Mourn the Past, But Build a Better Future (Tisha B'Av 5782)

I thought about Tisha B’Av recently, as I stood in Jerusalem’s Davidson Archeological Park (thank you, William Davidson Foundation!). There, you can walk on the very street that Jews used, 2,000 years ago, to ascend to the Temple of Jerusalem. You can see the remnants of the stairs that led to the Temple entrance though Robinson’s Arch, the oldest overpass in the world, and most poignantly, you can see the stones from the Temple compound that Roman soldiers threw onto the street below as they destroyed the holy site. As if one needed proof, one of those stones is inscribed with the words “lebeit hatoke’a,” meaning, the place from which the shofar was sound in the Temple’s esplanade.

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July 28, 2022

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July 21, 2022

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Your Daily Phil: New Study on DAF Attitudes

From eJewish Philanthropy (July 19, 2022)

In an article reporting on a new poll finding that most Americans don’t know how charitable foundations and donor-advised funds (DAFs) work but that, one informed, they favor more regulations on them, eJP sought perspective from JFN President and CEO Andres Spokoiny.  

The Ipsos results should be taken “with a lot of salt,” Spokoiny said, noting the low percentage of respondents who were previously aware of DAFs. The survey had 1,005 respondents and a margin of error of 3.5%.

Spokoiny also feels critics overstate the problem, and pointed to a 2021 study from the National Philanthropic Trust, a public charity and philanthropy research organization, showing that DAFs had a payout rate of 23.8% in 2020 – more than double the mandatory payout rate that respondents told Ipsos they support. Meanwhile, private endowed foundations had an average payout rate of 7.3% that year, according to a survey by Candid.

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July 14, 2022

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Space at the Table for Everyone

From eJewish Philanthropy (July 11, 2022)

What we learned after this project was well underway is that our model has a name: “participatory grantmaking.” When, this past spring, Jewish Funders Network (JFN) published the guide, “Participatory Grantmaking in the Jewish Community and Beyond,” we discovered we are part of a small but growing community of Jewish funders experimenting with this approach.

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July 7, 2022

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Jonathan Goodman & Shawna Goodman Sone: Sibling Philanthropy

Episode 30 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Brother and sister Jonathan Goodman and Shawna Goodman Sone (a JFN board member), of the Morris and Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation, talk about growing up in a philanthropic family, Jewish summer camp, and their shared funding interests.

 

 

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